It’s impossible to miss Dubrovnik’s medieval city walls, with the hefty battlements encasing the city’s Old Town from Lovrijenac to Minčeta Tower. With its vast network of stone walls and towers, the Walls of Dubrovnik are considered among the finest fortifications of the Middle Ages, and were never breached. The walls are built almost exclusively from limestone, a common material of Dalmatia, and run on an uninterrupted course for 1,940 metres, standing 25 metres high in places. Today, it’s possible to walk much of this raised fortification, for a unique aspect of the city.
A triumph of Gothic, Renaissance and Baroque architecture, Rector’s Palace is arguably the finest heritage landmark in Dubrovnik, showcasing the expertise of the city’s medieval ‘master builders’. Originally built as a defensive structure, the palace was destroyed several times throughout history by earthquakes, fires and explosions, resulting in its fascinating mix of architectural styles. The building itself has served as an armoury, powder magazine, watch house and prison, and is now home to the History Department of the Museum of Dubrovnik, who regularly open its doors and courtyard to the public.